I don’t know about the rest of you, but I always do my best workouts on the weekends. I don’t have as many time constraints, I can focus on my workout and I have plenty of time to stretch, warmup and cool down.
But when I travel on the weekends, I feel like I can’t get workout as well as I want.
* I had to include this hilarious picture I took of Murphy while we were traveling.
That was the case this weekend. We visited my in-laws in Tennessee and had a great time, but my workouts suffered.
Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily. My family is more important than any workout, but getting in one sweat sesh a day makes me feel better and helps me be the best version of myself.
So while I didn’t get to run and have a killer total body workout, I did get it some solid movements and walks with Murph that worked up some endorphins.
So don’t beat yourself if you chose to spend time with family rather than working out. While I missed my workouts, I know they will be waiting for me Monday afternoon after work.
For the last few months, I’ve gone back and forth from hating running to daydreaming of a half marathon. I tried to do some strength training. I watched yoga videos. But nothing stuck.
Well…I’m back! I’ve found my running bug again. Last week was my highest mileage week in a while and I’ve kept the momentum going.
I’ve been hitting the treadmill every day after work, I’ve been lifting, doing squats and eating healthier.
WHO AM I?
And I know this isn’t rocket science, but I feel 10 times better. The endorphins from working out after work give me a second wind to power through the night (whether it be work, cleaning, chasing Murphy around).
I’ve been eating more greens and less chips and I feel less bloated. I’ve lost three pounds this week. And while I don’t want to judge myself based on a number on a scale, it is nice to sometimes see numerical results.
I know this was a lot of rambling, but I just want you all to know that we all goes through the phases. Sometimes I’m on my game and sometimes I’m not. That’s life.
I try to remember that “this too shall pass” and that life is about balance.
Now I’m going to power through the day, run 3 miles after work and spend the night curled up on the couch eating ice cream with my two favorite boys.
This week has been a hot one. With temps in the high 90s and a ton of humidity, running in the weather has sucked.
*I’ve been running in super hot garage with all the doors open, the treadmill fan and a standup fan blowing on me. So basically lots of hot, sticky air being moved around.*
Props to you all who is hotter places than me. I know this weather isn’t even the worst of it and I’m complaining. Yesterday, I did a 20 minute treadmill workout and I’m going to be honest, it was HARD.
And I hate that it was hard.
It’s only 20 minutes. How in the hell am I going to run a half marathon, if slogging through 20 minutes on the treadmill was enough to kick my butt?
But I read something the other day that has stuck with me: “The more we sweat in peace, the less we bleed in war.”
YES. YES. YES. LOUDER FOR THOSE IN THE BACK.
This training is worth it. These terrible hot and slow runs are worth it.
Happy Saturday, friends! I know there is usually radio silence on the blog over the weekend and lately there hasn’t been much talk of running, but today I am changing both!
While my plan is still run a half marathon sometime in the next 3-4 months, I am also wanting to work on my speed, so I am also looking at some 5k training plans. Right now my mindset is to not be too strict or hard on myself and run to have fun and be healthy. For a while I got burnt out on running and felt like I had to constantly be running 5-10 miles a day in order to be a real runner.
Anyways. Back to the 5k training plan.
My favorite badass lady Kelly Roberts is currently promoting some 5ks plans and I am loving them! While I am training for a fall half marathon, I love not being super strict and having fun with my runs. Plus, since I am needing to work on speed anyways, this 5k plan should help with that too!
You know what is longer than microwave minutes? Treadmill minutes.
I hate running on a treadmill. When I was first starting my running journey, I was a sophomore in high school and was on my school’s track team and we ran outside EVERY. DAMN. DAY.
My coach was a former Ironman and standout runner who worked in a factory and now coached high school girls. And like I said, we ran outside. Every. Damn. Day. No matter the weather. Come hell or high water, you would find 10 high school girls bunched up and shuffling down the sidewalk on a daily four mile run.
His two favorite sayings were, “I’ve learned to enjoy ALL types of weather” and “if it doesn’t kill you, it’ll make you stronger and if you die, then it must have been your time to go.”
Now, nine years after I began running under his direction, I still think of those sayings often. So after running outside every day for three years, now when I’m forced to run on the treadmill due to working late or terrible weather, I dread it. While I am thankful to have a treadmill at home, I still much rather run outside. But life doesn’t always let us do what we want, so every day Monday – Friday after work I am on that treadmill.
Sometimes I take the easy way out and skip my run all together. But then I feel sh*t, so I usually, I suck it up, stand on the treadmill cursing my decision and begin my run.
*Fake it til you make it, right?!
While I don’t always love having to run on the treadmill, I know it makes me a better runner. Treadmill miles are better than no miles, right?! Plus I’m slowly but surely building up my mental game.
With that said, I am still so grateful that I am able to run.
I don’t have to run, I get to run.
There are so many people in the world who would love a chance to walk, much less run, and here I am complaining about something I choose to do. But I love to run. I also love to eat chocolate chip cookies. Another incentive to run? You better believe it.
Global Running Day is a day for people around the world to celebrate the joys of running. Participation is easy—just pledge to take part in some type of running activity on June 7, 2017. It can be a solo lap around the block, a long run with friends, or even a game of tag with your kids. The key is to share your passion for the sport and inspire others to get moving.
At globalrunningday.org you can create you own free, personalized bib or create a badge to post on social media to show your support and pledge to run on GRD.
Today, I plan on running three miles when I get off work. No watch, no worries, just me and the streets.
But today, I will be a little more thankful for the tough times, the pain in my legs and all the sweat and pain I will endure to finish. Running has given me so much and I hope to keep running for many many years.
If you’re looking for some ways to celebrate global running day, I suggest getting outside and going for a run! (duh.) No technology, just you and your thoughts and your feet on the pavement.
It’s Friday! We survived the four day work week. Don’t those always seem to go by the slowest? I think I came in early and stayed late every day this week due to a project I have that goes to print next week.
On the agenda for this weekend is Friday After 5, lots of house and yard work tomorrow and hopefully Holiday World on Sunday!
1. These real fruit popsicles from WalMart. I had a pineapple one when I was my parent’s house earlier this week and they were delicious! I liked that they were made real fruit and didn’t have any artificial sweeteners.
2. The Loop. It’s a site under the Runner’s World umbrella that lets bloggers come together and post in one place. I’ve only shared one post on the site, but everyone seems welcoming and encouraging. Isn’t it crazy how the internet can connect people?! I love it.
3. It’s National Doughnut Day! One of my co-workers is bringing in a variety of doughnuts and I am so excited. The best way to start a Friday.
4. This. Thanks Oiselle for sharing wisdom and good words.